Woman, 28, who stabbed her boyfriend to death jailed for life 


Woman, 28, who stabbed her boyfriend to death with a steak knife during drunken row is jailed for life

  • BREAKING: Emma-Jayne Magson, 28, killed 26-year-old James Knight in 2016 
  • She denied murder at first trial, claiming it was self defence, but was convicted 
  • She has been jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court with a 17 year minimum

A woman who stabbed her partner to death with a steak knife will serve a minimum of 17 years in prison after being convicted of his murder for a second time, following a retrial. 

Emma-Jayne Magson, 28, of Sylvan Street, Leicester, killed 26-year-old James Knight in March 2016 following a drunken row.  

She denied murdering Mr Knight at her first trial, claiming it was self defence, but was convicted later that year and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 17 years.

The sentence was handed to her at at Birmingham Crown Court with a minimum term of 17 years. 

It comes after a retrial ordered by the Court of Appeal. 

She denied murdering Mr Knight at her first trial, claiming it was self defence, but was convicted later that year and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 17 years.

Her second trial took place at Birmingham Crown Court where a jury again found her guilty of Mr Knight’s murder, by majority verdict, on March 5.

Jailing Magson for life on Monday, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker told her: ‘I regret I am unconvinced you have, as yet, any real remorse for having caused James Knight’s death.’

Emma-Jayne Magson, 28, has been found guilty of murder for a second time

James Knight, 26, was stabbed to death in March 2016

Emma-Jayne Magson, 28, of Sylvan Street, Leicester, killed 26-year-old James Knight in March 2016 following a drunken row

Emma-Jayne Magson has been jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured during first trial in 2016)

Emma-Jayne Magson has been jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured during first trial in 2016)

Magson’s application for a retrial was supported by campaign group Justice for Women.

Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, sentencing, told Magson her prison term would run from the date of the end of the original trial, in 2017.

He added that for legal reasons he could not impose a greater minimum term than the 17-year tariff previously handed to her.

But the judge said: ‘Had it not been for the statutory limitation on the court’s powers, the minimum term would have been in excess of that previously imposed upon you.’

He added: ‘I regret I am unconvinced you have, as yet, any real remorse for having caused James Knight’s death.’

In January last year, the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial after hearing new psychiatric evidence that she was suffering from emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) – and so could have diminished responsibility.

Her second trial took place at Birmingham Crown Court where a jury again found her guilty of Mr Knight’s murder, by a majority verdict of 10-2.

A court heard how she plunged the blade into the heart of her partner in a drunken row following a night out in Leicester before waiting 45 minutes to dial 999.

She claimed Mr Knight had collapsed and when a call operator warned her the ambulance might be delayed, she calmly replied: ‘No, that’s fine, don’t worry about it.’

She also lied to call handlers about his injuries, saying ‘I just think he’s too smashed’, after claiming he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The binman was pronounced dead from a single stab wound after being attacked with the 11.5cm (4.5ins) long blade in the early hours of March 27, 2016.  

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